Why A Street Fighter ‘Butt Slap’ Was Removed

Why A Street Fighter ‘Butt Slap’ Was Removed

bikiniarmorbattledamage:

So remember the outcry that somehow a zoom in shot of Rainbow Mika (R. Mika)’s butt slap was so critical to the game that it’s remove was an act of vile censorship?  Well we now have the official word from the Street Fighter team on what led to that memorable day:

“We didn’t make any change because of external influences,” he says. “Those changes came up internally. We decided to remove that because we want the biggest possible number of people to play, and we don’t want to have something in the game that might make someone uncomfortable.

The even better news is that those who were enraged that such an amazing act of censorship could occur have pretty much re-affirmed the point.  After a month and a lot of publicity, the petition only gathered 6,300 signatures (and at least one duplicate I noticed).  Most of these guys still don’t seem to believe that the developers actually decided on this change on their own…

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and they’re probably all going to buy the game anyway:

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I can’t imagine why the developers may choose to try to appeal to people outside of this demographic… oh wait, I can.

– wincenworks

Today’s throwback: reminder that “self-censorship” isn’t really a thing and maybe a developer doing the bare minimum to not alienate potential audience pre-release is neither “pandering to the SJWs” nor literally a vile act of censorship? 🤔

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~Ozzie 

See also: Creative freedom masterpostJimquisition: Editing Versus Censorship | A list of accounts of “censorship” in video games, including Mika’s butt, that this @pointandclickbait​ article applies to:

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Rainbow Mika and the draftiest of wrestler outfits!

Another redesign I did solo was Street Fighter’s Rainbow Mika, a “wrestling” costume made approximately 80% out of holes. 

Biggest challenge was figuring out how the hell those breasts are supposed to look when actually contained by fabric – nothing about how they interacted with it in the original made any sort of sense, so the chest area got basically repainted from scratch, with an attempt to recreate white pattern concealed under the balloon boobs as a sort of chest emblem shape. 

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While there’s nothing wrong with the costume having some tasteful cutouts, the original’s were so awkwardly placed, massive and physics-defying that I decided it was easier to change them to white fabric, while leaving in some smaller holes oh her shoulders and elbows. I’d probably leave something on her legs, if the image shown Mika from another angle. 

A small, but significant touch was making the shapes on her sides rounder, so they’re not pointing at her crotch anymore. Also got rid of the pantyline frills, which made her look as if fancy lingerie was peaking from beneath her leotard. Left the frills on her collar and wrists be. Also didn’t do anything to the boots, as they’re perfectly nice and likely the only legitimate wrestling element in her original attire. 

Final touches was giving Rainbow more secure hairstyle for a fighter (while stylized Sailor Moon-like hair isn’t much of an issue to me, it just didn’t match the more practical costume anymore) and a knocked-out tooth, to communicate the inherent danger of being a wrestler/fighting game heroine. Also, sometime after finishing the stream, I made her facial features slightly bit less generically pretty, following many watchers’ advice.


Surprisingly enough, criticizing R. Mika is one of the most “controversial” things we ever did on this blog. 
To this day, our bingo of her outfit from Street Fighter V tends to periodically resurface among the Status Quo Warriors enraged at us for talking smack about that costume. Their “arguments”? 

1. This is totally very legitimate female professional wrestler outfit! OF COURSE that’s exactly how women in that field of sport and entertainment dress, just look

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True, those wrestlers, due to double standards imposed by the industry, tend to show off their cleavages and bellies… which sooo definitely is the same as a video game character’s suit denying all laws of physics and geometry for the sake of showing maximum flesh surface! </sarcasm>

According to them, occasional low-cut v-neck or belly window = giant hole where the back, each breast, thigh and buttcheek is. 

2. This is not an armor! That outfit this fighting game character wears to beat the shit out of other fighting game characters shouldn’t be criticized as a fighting outfit, because it’s not a literal suit of armor. 

3. Male Street Fighter characters are treated in exactly the same way! Just look at Zangief’s hairy chest and minuscule speedo! After all, big muscles and no shirt = male sexualization, right? 

Needless to say, exactly the sort of easily debunkable “logic” we’d expect from the people who outcried “censorship!” when this character’s butt slap animation was removed by the developer

~Ozzie 

So, Kolin and Menat are two new characters introduced into Street Fighter V via intro videos… Kolin’s intro happens to feature her fighting fetishware model Juri.

For some reason, these characters look a little familiar, like maybe I’ve seen them before, in another game that recycles cliche designs… that or they’re just so creative my brain can’t handle the strain.

In terms of male characters, well Abigail is the closest they’ve gotten to true empowerment… kind of:

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I just… don’t get the same feeling that his his costume was designed with sensual posing as it’s first and second priority…

– wincenworks 

So… We’re getting a suspiciously Neithlike vaguely Egyptian contortionist and a “sexy Russian” Halloween costume as the new lady fighters? Creativity is off the charts

Hell, Street Fighter is also ripping itself off, considering how similar Kolin’s “Battle Costume” is to Cammy’s.

And since her “Nostalgia Costume” is a throwback to when Kolin wasn’t playable, it’s a proof that you truly need to lose any remnant of credibility in your clothes to become playable female character.

~Ozzie

So, Kolin and Menat are two new characters introduced into Street Fighter V via intro videos… Kolin’s intro happens to feature her fighting fetishware model Juri.

For some reason, these characters look a little familiar, like maybe I’ve seen them before, in another game that recycles cliche designs… that or they’re just so creative my brain can’t handle the strain.

In terms of male characters, well Abigail is the closest they’ve gotten to true empowerment… kind of:

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I just… don’t get the same feeling that his his costume was designed with sensual posing as it’s first and second priority…

– wincenworks 

So… We’re getting a suspiciously Neithlike vaguely Egyptian contortionist and a “sexy Russian” Halloween costume as the new lady fighters? Creativity is off the charts

Hell, Street Fighter is also ripping itself off, considering how similar Kolin’s “Battle Costume” is to Cammy’s.

And since her “Nostalgia Costume” is a throwback to when Kolin wasn’t playable, it’s a proof that you truly need to lose any remnant of credibility in your clothes to become playable female character.

~Ozzie

So, Street Fighter V decided that Karin needed a “private beach” (with randoms in bikinis on it on it) and a (I cannot air quotes this enough) “premium summer costume”.  For the uninitiated, this Karin’s signature look:

Despite the rather obvious shift, this is really so unsurprising that I really don’t know what else we can say about this other than remember that time that Status Quo Warriors were so upset over shifting focus from a butt slap that they made a petition?

It was almost as ridiculous as that time they panicked they might not get to see Tracer’s butt because Blizzard said they were going to change a pose.  Like that was actually going to happen.

Between this and their tendency to cite characters who’s appearances were over a decade ago – it really makes you wonder if they even play video games sometimes.

– wincenworks

So, Street Fighter V decided that Karin needed a “private beach” (with randoms in bikinis on it on it) and a (I cannot air quotes this enough) “premium summer costume”.  For the uninitiated, this Karin’s signature look:

Despite the rather obvious shift, this is really so unsurprising that I really don’t know what else we can say about this other than remember that time that Status Quo Warriors were so upset over shifting focus from a butt slap that they made a petition?

It was almost as ridiculous as that time they panicked they might not get to see Tracer’s butt because Blizzard said they were going to change a pose.  Like that was actually going to happen.

Between this and their tendency to cite characters who’s appearances were over a decade ago – it really makes you wonder if they even play video games sometimes.

– wincenworks

eschergirls:

chrisbachmann submitted:

Cammy Can Pull Packages Out Of Her Butt

Not sure how this would be categorized.

http://kotaku.com/cammy-can-pull-packages-out-of-her-butt-1781737502

Atomic wedgie? I guess if you had a package in your butt, it would be the ultimate wedgie.

I suppose since Cammy wears her costume internally, that’s where she stores things >_o

While one would have figured that it was not really necessary to ask cosplayers about whether or not Cammy had room to carry packages on her person – apparently Capcom could probably have learned something.

The bright side is that at least Chun Li’s expression was appropriate in every way:

– wincenworks